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New Zealand's Scariest

New Zealand's Scariest
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-27 1:42
Viewed: 5135
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
WETA - Orthoptera Stenopelmatidae

This creature is one of the scariest creatures in New Zealand. It is a tree weta!!
Lots of people really donít like creepy, crawly things, and I am one of them.

Look at it closely and you can understand where some people get some of their ideas for weird creatures! The big black head is a feature of Auckland tree wetas. Wellington tree wetas have brown heads.

The weta is a member of the order Orthoptera and is a relative of grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, and crickets. Orthoptera means 'straight-winged', however many Orthopterans do not have wings at all, the weta being one such insect.

The weta is only found in New Zealand and is sooooo old, it has outlived the dinosaurs!

Weta are large by insect standards but some of the giant weta are ENORMOUS and are amongst the heaviest insects in the world. This one is one of the smallest, a Tree Weta.

The weta is sometimes known as the dinosaur of the insect world

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-27 1:55]
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Hi Janice,
Im surprised to know that this is one of the scariest.
But the fact that its legs are thorny and the feelers are long and maybe the bite is painful, could be the reasons. thanks for sharing the fact.
mostly, your sharp shot and well given presentation makes this insect so beautiful.
well composed in clarity and sharpness.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-27 2:21]

Very interesting spices with good viewpoint and details. But why this one is scariest, does it bite or poisonous. Of course, when they crawl on you the sharp claws makes you bit creepy feeling. In lighter vein, the cockroach could be the scariest of all. tfs.

Hallo Janice
Thanks for sharing such and interesting subject. Not one of the prettiest insects I have seen up to date, but definitely very fascinating with lots of "fancy" features. I am sure the tang on its behind can sting a mean sting! I love the visibility of the large and long antennas, the "polished" body and the big eyes. Thanks for sharing and it is good to see you around. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-27 3:52]

Hi Janice,how i like this different way to show us this strange insect,it seem a pic of modern art,the white background and the shadows are perfects to create a magic effect and a impressive composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Janice! Perfect macro. Good exposure. Ideal contrast and sharpness. Original work. Well done!

Hi Janice,
Intersting notes.At first glance I expexted it to be a cricket.Nice close up , pinsharp and well contrsting BG showing the wetas colouration and tonal patterns.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-27 5:07]

Hello Janice,
A nce capture of the Tree Weta. The exposure, DOF and sharpness are excellent and the light BG shows it up to a max from a nice lateral POV to make this a very fine illustration of this NZ endemic.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Janice,
it's great to see you again, I hope you are doing well.
It's not easy to get the exposure right with this bright BG but you managed it more than well.
It's maybe one of the scariest creatures in NZ but it's beautiful.
The whole Weta is in very good focus, all details are well seen.
Well done, old friend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-27 5:40]

Hello Janice,
How nice to see a photo from you, long time ago.
A very beautiful photo in superb sharpness and bright colours. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-27 16:25]

Hi Janice,

You've provided a terrific image of something that I'm going to stop looking at very soon :). I don't like creepy-crawlies either. Great details of that bug. Nice shadows too. The antennae are ridiculously long! I can't see its mandibles, but I understand that they can bite pretty well. They can inflict scratches too. Please tell me that they don't invade homes down there! TFS (I think).


Hello Janice,

Thank you very much for this so interesting picture and notes!!! It is the first time I see an Orthoptera without wings!!! The picture is very well realized with a perfect control of the exposition. How big is he? The antennas are so long...

You can keep it in New Zealand ;-)



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-05 19:20]

Hello Janice,
I love to view good macro shots of insects and this photo surely qualifies. The detail is exceptional and the exposure is great, even with an all white BG. I can definitely see how it is related to the cricket family. Great work!!

I am one of those who do not like weta's.... maybe having one down my neck when I was very small has something to do with this :) Wounderfull photo on the plane white back ground. Have you noticed that tree wata's will ofhen stand there ground when disturbed!

HI Janice,
I love the white bg making the insect it self comes forward in a brilliant way!
Best Regards

woah do NOT like the looks of that tail! No WONDER it survived the dinosaur age! Definitely do NOT want to run into the "giant" ones! Never even knew they existed..thanks for sharing this

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